Try to follow along. If you can’t, I understand. Gonna ramble a little because I’m confused, upset, whatever.
A few weeks ago, I really thought things were changing for the better. I was getting back to good habits. I started using a diabetes drug again that helped me lose a lot of weight in a week. I was feeling pretty good.
A day or two after that weigh-in, I noticed something. The side effects I usually have with that medicine had somewhat gone away. As the days went on and I still injected the Victoza, I had no side effects and that is a definite red flag. My sugar levels began to rise. My weight loss slowed extremely over the next week despite hitting my calorie goals. I hit Google and found out that A LOT of people have experienced this problem on this medicine. It just flat out stops working.
Last week, I gained 3.6 pounds. Forgive me for not posting last week. I was pretty frustrated, but moved on. No way will I say my eating was perfect. I am not exercising on a regular basis yet, mainly because I need to see if my calorie intake is good enough to help me lose weight without it. I’ve spoken with several trainers who suggest morbidly obese people fix things in the kitchen before committing to regular exercise programs. I’m not totally on that boat, as I do enjoy going to the gym. But I need to see if my calorie and carb intake is on point.
After last week’s gain, I decided to track as perfectly as I could. During the past week, I logged three 1,500-calorie days. I logged three 2,000-calorie days. The only day I exceeded my goal of 2,300 calories a day was the day Mrs. Meltdown threw a surprise birthday party for me. I logged 2,900 calories that day. At 380-plus pounds, that should have left me in a major deficit.
I gained another 3.8 pounds this week, which really pissed me off. Many of us have reached a point where we need to find answers as to why we’re not losing weight. I do believe my body is being held back by diabetes. It will just require me to pay more attention. Maybe I need to decrease my carb servings to a very strict five or less per day.
My doctor called this week and said my A1C increased from 7.7 to 8.4. That sucks. The goal over the next three months is to get it to 6.5.
In (over)analyzing the situation, weight training and cardio would help me both burn calories and build muscle right now. Building muscle burns more calories at rest. Movement burns calories. But you can’t look on Instagram these days without seeing some post about how weight loss is done 80 percent in the kitchen. I do want to get that in check first. More consistent and intense workouts will come.
Mostly, I just need to get to the bottom of all this madness. Again, the fight is on.
Until next time, Team Meltdown.
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