Does anyone else have trouble coming up with 1400-1600 calories a day of GOOD food? I actually am having trouble meeting all the nutritional requirements, and scrounging up 1500 or so calories a day, without a lot of carbs and fats. I am sitting here right now, coming up with next week's menu, 3 meals and two snacks per day. It's harder than it looks. I read somewhere that when you grocery shop, you should shop for the week and plan everything within reason. It's also a money-saver, according to the article I read, as you're less likely to impulse shop and more likely to stay out of the processed foods.
New development: After six months of working out and dieting, I actually had gained 11 pounds on top of the 18 I had piled on last Fall. It's not muscle from the weights. I am not the Hulk, I am a 5' 6" woman. Beginning to get frightened by this weirdness, I went back to the doctor. She discovered that among other things, I was on the wrong thyroid medication.
Basically, it seems that I have no metabolism without a replacement drug. No amount of exercise will change that fact. So, she changed my meds. I have continued to work out daily, and hope that now I will finally see some results of my dedication. Cross your fingers that the medication was the problem!
BTW, this is not
to say that everyone who is stuck at a plateau or having trouble budging extra pounds is hypothyroid. I am, and have the labs to prove it. The meds are not a crutch or drug to lose weight. In my case, they might give me what most people take for granted... the ability to use the food you eat for fuel and not to create more and more fat. I just don't want anyone to think they should run to the doctor for pills, because that is not what I am doing by any stretch. If you do
think you have a deficient thyroid, by all means, have it checked. It's a very simple blood test.
I have learned that my prescription meds are sold over the internet, for weight loss. This terrifies me, as people have no idea how powerful these hormones are. They literally can kill, if they are misused.
If this is the answer to my weight gain and frustration, I am thrilled. I was getting tired of doing everything right, being perfect with diet, and militant about exercise (which I love, the gym and weights, etc. so it's not a chore for me) -- but despite all my efforts, I was going the "wrong" way. People had to be thinking that I was in secret a lazy slob... and a liar, to boot. I am neither. Maybe now, all my hard work will show.
Ironically, all the workouts which should have made me feel better, didn't. This sounds odd, but yesterday, day two on the new meds, I had a great workout, compliments from the trainer on my energy, added reps, took on a new task -- intervals on a spin bike, ack! -- and left feeling incredible! I don't think I am imagining that I feel better already. This is powerful stuff, ya'll.
I have hope again.
Wish me luck!!