Each time I’ve sat down to write this post, the focus has changed.
- At first, I wanted to discuss how I achieved my first official (since January 2010) 10% weight loss. Yahoo!! I passed the blue line on the chart below.
- Then I wanted to talk about how treatment for my RA, including a couple doses of IV steroids, caused water weight gain. However, that excess weight dissipated in just a few short days.
- At my house we had a very, VERY long Memorial Day weekend complete with ER visits and lots of comfort meals at home. Strangely enough it was in the middle of that weekend that I touched down below that 10% weight loss line.
- The week following that accomplishment has been full of even more roller coasters, landing me exactly where I was two weeks ago.
So where do I start?
Weight loss is never a straight line journey. There are going to be ups and downs (see my 2-pound chocolate cake story). I have been anxiously awaiting the time I could announce that I finally lost that first 10%. Crossing the next line has been a huge motivation for me in recent months.
Like many patients, I want to lose 20-30 percent of my initial body weight (from January 2010) which would put me around the same weight I was at age 20. However, losing just 5-10 percent is medically significant and I have already achieved that. Big kudos to me.
Why do I feel so temporarily discouraged?
I could be that while my mother was home during the days over the Memorial Day weekend, I ate everything right alongside her. However, she doesn’t need to lose weight and has a stomach which gets hungry after only a few short hours from her previous meal. In contrast, I might eat 2 cups of carrots with a low-calorie salad dressing for lunch if I feel like it when I’m home alone.
On the days that I was in the hospital outpatient infusion center, I had some tough experiences and found myself ordering comfort food for my meals. That first day, I was there so long as to have two complete hospital meals but in the process I did discover a great chicken caesar salad entree. That’s what I had the second of infusions and I felt good about it.
This past weekend, my boyfriend and I went down to North Carolina to visit some friends. These couples are very active and have highly active children. Food was a huge focus of the time we spent together and I ate right alongside the other parents. Between that and a dose of steroids last week, I come home and found that I was 9 pounds heavier than the week before.
Nine pounds!! Not the direction I wanted to see the scale move. However, I had weighed at night which was not part of my routine; and I knew it was primarily water weight as I felt it throughout my body.
The next morning I weighed again - four pounds less than the night before. During that entire morning, my kidneys and bladder were working overtime and I literally peed away another two pounds by 2:30 pm in the afternoon.