Here's the thing... I don't know why! I followed the stabilization plan. Even when I did stray (ahem... Disney World), my food was accounted for. I have stayed around 1300 - 1600 calories per day and continued to exercise moderately. By all measures of science and biology or whatever, I should actually be losing weight.
I have been beyond frustrated.
A few weeks again, I met with a wonderful counselor at Medifast who felt my pain. I saw her the day after I came back from my vacation and she chuckled a bit that I was so flabbergasted by my weight gain. Bloated and vacationized, she told me to give it another week before I hop back on Jump Start. One week later, no change. I saw a different counselor who seemed to be unsympathetic and actually made me feel pretty shitty about my situation. She basically said no way to going back on Jump Start (WTF people.... don't you want my money??) because it would mean starting over with stabilization. Why this bothered her, I don't know. If it should be bothering anyone, it should be ME, right? Who the hell wants to start over?? I was so frustrated and put off by this session that I got into my car and had myself a good cry. I paid these people to help me come up with solutions! All I got is negative back talk. No support. No options to try.
Fast forward one week later. Sitting in the Medifast lobby, I was PRAYING I wouldn't get this same girl again. I was not in the mood to have to defend myself (despite working my ass off all week... I somehow still felt like I would have to justify everything in my journal). Thankfully, I got a different gal (and for the life of me, I don't know any of their names except for the one I don't get along with). She sat and LISTENED. I told her how frustrated I was and how I didn't understand the weight gain. I all but begged her to let me go back on Jump Start to lose these stupid 10 pounds that wiggled back in. Thankfully, she agreed.
Why was this a big deal to me? Losing 10 pounds in my world is all but impossible. Eating regular food, I tried to implement some of my old Weight Watchers tactics, but with no luck. My weight had stabilized. I guess that is kind of the point, huh? Thing is... my clothes... my beautiful new clothes... were starting to get tight. Isn't it weird that when my weight was at this weight on the way down, I felt awesome, but now that it jumped up to it I feel frumpy and gross?
Regardless, I am hoping to lose about 12-15 pounds over the next 4 weeks. I will then start the stabilization process over in which I will gain a little back (about 3-5 pounds is average) and that is where I should stabilize. We have discovered that I am likely lactose intolerant (a possibility for the bump in weight) and my re-start of birth control pills to control my endo is another reason. The stress of starting a new job (not to mention being surrounded by fabulous food) is yet another. Vacation. I could go on. Regardless of the
Look. I know it isn't always about the number on the scale. A colleague told me she didn't understand why I was fretting over 10 pounds and that I looked fantastic. Another colleague guessed me age- he thought I was under 30. Holy hell. He made my whole day! You would think the stupid 10 pounds wouldn't be a big deal, but it is. Yes, my beautiful new clothes are getting tight; but, more importantly, there are bigger issues with food that I am struggling with. Being back on Jump Start exposes those issues and puts me in a place where I have to deal with them head on. I needed this.
This is my fresh start for autumn. I needed exercise motivation so I signed up for the Monster Dash 5K with a good friend of mine and am officially in training again. I am super stoked to have discovered a BEAUTIFUL park, just a quick 5 minute drive from my house: Cleary Lake Regional Park. It's about 3.2 miles round trip around the trail so it is a perfect training location.
Be happy. Be healthy. Get out and enjoy the amazing fall weekend to come!