So it’s been forever since I gave a diet update. Yes, just like all other updates because I suck, I know. Yikes, I just went back and looked and it really has been forever since I gave a diet update..whoopsy :( I thought I had posted a few more times in there. Well we have lots to catch up on then.
When we last left this saga, I was no longer as suicidal as during the first phase and resigned to never really losing any weight to speak of, while John merrily shed weight like he does clothes every night, getting ready for bed.
Things went on like that for a while, but somewhere in there they….got better! I actually started losing weight. Not like John was losing weight, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen, so I was ok with that.
John met his goal weight and then went about 5 pounds more about 6 or maybe 8 weeks ago now, so he’s been in maintenance mode. He gets a lot of comments about his weight loss and he does look a lot thinner. In fact, if he loses any more weight, he is going to start looking a bit gaunt, IMO. He lost about 30 pounds total.
We are still using Livestrong to track calories and you can see I added a little tracker doohickey over there on the right that shows my weight loss so far. Right now (well at the time I wrote this) it’s at 26 pounds. I was at 30 pounds lost as my lowest, but gained 5 back somehow and I’m really not sure how because I haven’t changed anything I was doing, but that is pretty much how it goes with me. So I am working that back off again.
Oh this is a fun little story that happened right when I finally started losing weight pretty well. I had lost about 8 pounds total (which took a fair amount of time for me I might add) and then in 2 days I gained 8.5 pounds. I was doing nothing different. I was not cheating or anything. Of course, I was less than pleased about this turn of events. I talked to my drs. about it and they had no clue. I couldn’t do anything but just wait until I lost that weight again, which didn’t take months like it did the first time, thankfully, but since then I have just learned that sometimes I randomly gain a few pounds for no apparent reason and I don’t stress about it. It comes back off and then I start losing again from there. Annoying? Sure, but there is nothing I can do about it, so it doesn’t do me any good to get worked up over it (I was plenty worked up over the 8.5 pounds, though..just for the record).
So back to the present. We have modified what we are doing a little bit since John met his goal weight and realistically I am going to be losing weight for years to get to my goal weight. We added potatoes in for one thing. They are not allowed on the South Beach Diet, but I was not willing to live the rest of my life without baked potatoes. It was just not happening. I’d rather die fat and happy than thin and miserable. Seriously, what is the point of losing weight if you are just completely miserable all the time. So I read about potatoes on the internet (so it has to be true!) and decided that the pros outweighed the cons. One of my docs agrees with me. One wishes I would eat sweet potatoes instead. I agree with the one that agrees with me..natch!
We also have cheat days once in a while now, which make life much better. My pain dr. says we should have a cheat day once a week, but we don’t do that. Usually once a month or so. Sometimes more. It just depends. We are making vastly better food choices overall so I’m not sweating it.
What we are doing is obviously working. John’s blood work, the main reason we went on the diet in the first place is vastly improved. His triglycerides were so high that the machine could not even read them and last time they were checked, I think they were 108, which is down like 300+ points.
My blood work is good, too. My triglycerides have always been good. I was at 108 when we started. I’m still at 108. My bad cholesterol has come down a little bit and my good has gone up a little bit. My dr. is happy with it, so yay me.