Today is the first day that I could go back to a normal diet. I had a plan for what I was going to eat, however I will not torture any of you who are still following the diet with my indulgences. I reached my near-goal, as I had mentioned in my last post, I was at 122 pounds. That was 3 days after I stopped the injections. From there on out I rapidly gained weight again.
I have been careful, except for my unmonitored nut eating the first week of maintenance. I have an App on my iPhone called Lose It which helps me to keep track of my calories. I have been eating 800-1100 calories per day, 1100 on exercise days. I am also careful not to bombard my body with fats like lots of cheese, olives and avocado (This used to be my husbands favorite way to make a salad; we know better now). My exercise routine has been varied with running, walking, yoga, and weight lifting, usually about 4 times per week. With close monitoring and regular exercise it has been a surprise to step on the scale and see weight gain almost daily. Yesterday I was up to 130 pounds. So that’s 8 pounds in 3 weeks. I definitely feel it. I have that stuffed feeling again. This has been enormously frustrating for me, and also very depressing. I have been emotionally down for the most part. After all this hard work and dedication, how could I possibly be gaining weight so quickly. This is not something that happened after the first round. I had only gained about 2 pounds back.
I have a couple of theories for this: 1) Following a 500 calorie diet for 7 weeks will drastically reduce your metabolism, and increasing this to double could add pounds very quickly; 2) At a lower weight, 122, which my body is by no means used to, even though this is when I felt my best, I do not need to eat nearly as many calories as I think and definitely not nearly as much as I used to eat at 155-160 pounds, even if I am hungry. Whatever the answer is, I know I have to be even more careful now- carbs add calories fast, and bigger butts and thighs even faster. I always joke that just looking at bread or cake can put on the weight, without even eating it.
I know that I told many people that they would not be able to maintain their weight loss if they went back to eating poorly. I don’t believe that I was a poor eater before anyway, but I know I will have to keep my calories a bit reduced. I will not be able to eat much cheese because it is just not worth wasting the calories. I would rather have a nice apple that will fill my belly. However, I do recommend the Laughing Cow cheese ( I usually buy this at Costo- they sell a 5 pack with about 8 cheese wedges in each). It is a nice snack to spread onto an apple with a bit of cinnamon sprinkle, and it is only 35 calories. It is so soft and delicious, kind of like a Brie without the bite.
I am going to really put forth the effort to get in vigorous workouts and hopefully burn off some poundage. I still feel much better than I did and I am glad that I used to HCG again to help me get closer to my weight goal. I met with my regular internist today, and most of my blood work numbers are looking very good. My A1C (Glucose test) is at 6, and my thyroid numbers are good as well. I am happy with this. And I will move forward with my healthier lifestyle, and not let the scale numbers rule my day or my emotions. I am in a better place and I am happy to be here.
*After reading please see my post “Why I gained weight after HCG”*