Searching for Answers When My Weight is Stuck

weight is stuckIt’s ironic that I coach people on better nutrition and exercise and they lose weight yet my own weight is stuck. So I am looking deeper. I am looking for the missing piece of the puzzle. I have had appointments in the last 2 weeks with a nutritionist and my nurse practitioner to tease apart the layers of what might be going on.

Changes

Over the last 2 years I have made many different changes in my life. I don’t regret a single one of them. 

I cut out gluten. No more bread, no more pasta, no more pastries. I have an occasional cheat but for the most part it is not a routine ingredient in my nutrition plan. I made this change after reading the book Wheat Belly and I won’t go back.

I quit my Diet Coke habit. Never, ever thought that would happen. No soda at all for me. Not even tempted any more.

I don’t eat fast food. I used to enjoy frequent visits to the drive thru lane. Especially Jack in the Box. Breakfast sandwiches, tacos, amazing burgers…no more. Not even tempted any more

I have increased the number of vegetable servings per day. I used to eat 1 or 2 servings of veggies a day. Now it’s more like 6 – 8 servings. I not only eat them more but I enjoy them more. My family has made it kind of an adventure to try new vegetables or to try them in a new way.

Dessert. I hardly ever have dessert any more. I used to have it every night. Now I fill my day with so much good nutrition that I don’t crave sweets at night for the most part. My body has what it needs.

Candy. I am still tempted when candy is in front of my face. But I don’t seek it out like I used to. No more trips to the vending machine or extra stops to the gas station. I remember times when I would get a candy bar and eat it and then realize I ate it so fast I didn’t take the time to enjoy it.

Exercise. From couch potato to a disciplined routine of working out 5 to 6 days a week. The key for me there has been finding something I enjoy and eliminating as many excuses as possible.

Fake food. My husband and I have cut out most processed foods. We get the majority of our calories from foods that are full of dense nutrition and with as few chemical additives as possible. We still have room to improve but we have made great strides in this area.

And yet…

And yet with all these changes my weight hovers in the same range. It’s not just a short plateau, this has been going on for way too long. So I decided if I want different results I need some help. I am not willing to go on a crash diet or do anything that I’m not willing to stick with for life. I am working with a nutritionist through Nutritional Weight and Wellness who is helping me find the right meal plan for me and help me figure out if I’m eating things that are not best for me. She is actually advising me to eat more. More of the right things like protein and healthy fats. It’s been an exercise of trust to follow that advice because it’s counter-intuitive. I have gone back to my nurse practitioner to run some different lab tests and do some further investigating. 

The old me would have said, “All these changes aren’t working so I’ll just go back to eating whatever I want.” But the new me says, “Despite what the scale says, I know I’m doing what’s right for my health.” Part of what helps me to stick with that resolve is that when I eat badly I feel bad. Not emotionally bad but physically bad. Listening to my body has been one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned over the last couple of years.