Monday morning, I went to the doctor for a follow up on my blood pressure medications and my PCP wasn’t happy with me. I knew that I had gained some weight because I let my old habits creep back in. When my depression gets the best of me, I often turn to food for comfort. I am embarrassed because I know better.
This year has been trying for me and I didn’t mean to take a hiatus from my weight loss journey. But life got in the way between selling our house, moving, and then the weather couldn’t make up its mind for several months. In January, I expected that I would have more pain and joint stiffness due to the cold weather. Then when I saw my rheumatologist in February, she noticed that my joints were swollen again and she gave me a steroid shot.
When I didn’t see any improvement after my steroid shot, I followed up with my rheumatologist again. At this point, she decided my Humira was no longer working and that it was time to switch up my medication to treat my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
It has been about 11 weeks since I have been on my new medication and I haven’t seen a huge improvement. At my last appointment, my rheumatologist noted that my swelling has decreased and that we were going in the right direction. She also told me that I probably would never be pain-free but that I should see a bit of improvement since the swelling decreased.
Over the summer, it has always been a goal of mine to get back into my weight loss journey even if I can’t do much exercise. My hip has been hurting me for the last several months and the doctor couldn’t find anything wrong. So I have been continuing to work with my pain management doctor to find a solution to some of my pain. So far, the injections in my facet joints and si joints didn’t help. At the end of July, I had another injection done and it gave me a little bit of improvement. My doctor wants to continue a series of them to see if I see even more improvement.
In July, I wanted to restart my weight loss journey but that didn’t happen. Instead, I kept coming up with different reasons on why it wasn’t a good time to restart. In the past 3 months, my doctor said that I have gained 15 pounds. It disappointments me like I said. She wanted me to start a super strict diet that was high protein, tons of green vegetables, low salt, and low-carb. But I feel her recommended diet will set me up for failure even though I see that her plan was to get my weight back down to where it was 3 months ago rather quickly.
Instead, of following her plan to a T, I am going to start using MyFitness Pal on a daily basis, even on days that I mess up. Counting calories might be a pain in the rear but it works for me. Restricting certain foods or groups of foods is difficult for me especially when I am told that I can’t have them.
My current weight: 202
On Monday it was 202.6, I have already made a small amount of progress in the last two days.
Here are my current goals for this week:
- eat more vegetables – I try to add fruits and veggies whenever I can. I am also using lettuce as bread whenever possible too.
- get below 200
- try to exercise when I am able
- continue eating 1300 calories or less a day
- drink more water every day – this is very difficult for me.
- Take 2 burpless fish oil capsules